Department of Computer Science

Computing education research and educational technology

Computer science, psychology, and education.
Education technology used in class room, symbolic illustration by Matti Ahlgren

Computing education research (CER) contributes scientific knowledge about the learning and teaching of computer programming and other areas of computing education; develops software tools, pedagogies, and theoretical models to help computing students and teachers; and evaluates such tools, pedagogies, and models empirically.

CER is an interdisciplinary field at the cross-section of computer science, psychology, and education.

We develop and apply educational technology, learning analytics and educational data mining to improve computing education as well as other fields of education.

Research topics: Computing education research, learning analytics, educational technology.

Latest publications

Analyzing Fine-Grained Material Usage Behavior

Charles Koutcheme, Juho Leinonen, Juha Sorva, Arto Hellas 2021 Seventh SPLICE Workshop at SIGCSE 2021 “CS Education Infrastructure for All III: From Ideas to Practice”

Event-driven Programming in Programming Education: A Mapping Review

Aleksi Lukkarinen, Lauri Malmi, Lassi Haaranen 2021 ACM Transactions on Computing Education

Scripted Step-based Visualizations: A Pilot Study

Aleksi Lukkarinen, Lassi Haaranen, Lauri Malmi 2021 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education

Relation of Individual Time Management Practices and Time Management of Teams

Tapio Auvinen, Nickolas Falkner, Arto Hellas, Petri Ihantola, Ville Karavirta, Otto Seppälä 2020 Frontiers in Education

Gender differences in introductory programming

Rodrigo Duran, Lassi Haaranen, Arto Hellas 2020 SIGCSE 2020 - Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Complex Online Material Development in CS Courses

Lassi Haaranen, Giacomo Mariani, Peter Sormunen, Teemu Lehtinen 2020 Proceedings - 20th Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli Calling 2020

Crowdsourcing in Computing Education Research: Case Amazon MTurk

Arto Hellas, Albina Zavgorodniaia, Juha Sorva 2020 Koli Calling '20: Proceedings of the 20th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research

Differentiated Assessments for Advanced Courses that Reveal Issues with Prerequisite Skills

Greg L. Nelson, Filip Strömbäck, Ari Korhonen, Marjahan Begum, Ben Blamey, Karen H. Jin, Violetta Lonati, Bonnie Mackellar, Mattia Monga 2020 ITiCSE-WGR 2020 - Proceedings of the Working Group Reports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education

Study Major, Gender, and Confidence Gap: Effects on Experience, Performance, and Self-Efficacy in Introductory Programming

Nea Pirttinen, Arto Hellas, Lassi Haaranen, Rodrigo Duran 2020 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

Naïve Conceptions of Novice Programmers

Juha Sorva 2020 Computer Science in K-12: An A-To-Z Handbook on Teaching Programming
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Related units

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology.


Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

Nation-wide competence center for Artificial Intelligence in Finland.

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Research areas

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